Miss Mary’s Museum is now open for public tours after having been totally reorganized. The Museum Committee would like to invite everyone to stop by and get acquainted with your past and see the new things that have been added to the museum.
Miss Mary’s Museum, located at 204 South 100 East, will be open for public tours every Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. It will also be available for small groups by appointment at any time, by contacting a member of the museum committee: Sylvia Barney 529-3673, SusAnn Beach 529-7684, Barbara Laier 529-3213, Pam Braithwaite 529-7303, Linda Mickelsen 529-7063, Kathy Anderson 529-7872, Phyllis Edwards 529-7213, or Denise Lindsey 529-7636.
Come meet the early settlers who came to this area with courage and determination to start a little settlement from nothing but sagebrush, greasewood, and salty ground. You’ll be able to see an early school-room, an early barbershop, and the sewing machine that Butch Cassidy’s mother owned. For those of you only familiar with cell phones, we’d like to show you what the first telephone looked like and stir your imagination as to how you “dial” the thing.
Have you ever seen art made totally from human hair? Have you ever seen a silk worm cocoon? Do you know what businesses have occupied the space behind the beautiful N & B Dance Studio façade? How many saloons did Salina have here when the first train came rolling into town? Oh, you didn’t know we had trains in Salina? Did you know that Salina had an Opera House at one time and where it was located? Who is Miss Mary, and why was the museum named after her? You can find the answers to all these questions and much more when you visit the museum.
We have hundreds of pictures, artifacts, and histories of the early pioneers who came to this valley. We have a beautiful old pump organ that really works, the piano from the Redmonto Dance Hall at Redmond, and the water fountain from the old Victory Theater. We have a baby stroller, called a Pram, from the 1800s, and a nurse’s cape that was worn during World War I. We think you’ll be amazed with what you’ll find and learn about in our little hometown museum.
Work at the museum will be on-going. Additional displays, stories, and artifacts have yet to be added, but we feel that it’s time to open our doors and share what we have organized thus far, as we continue this exciting work in progress. Additionally, technological resources will be coming in the future as funding becomes available. We welcome you to the museum and hope you’ll enjoy learning about the many interesting and fascinating stories of our area. See you soon.